Powershell-RAT – Gmail Exfiltration RAT

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Powershell-RAT is a Python-based Gmail exfiltration RAT that can be used a Windows backdoor to send screenshots or other data as an e-mail attachment.

Powershell-RAT - Gmail Exfiltration RAT


This RAT will help you during red team engagements to backdoor any Windows machines. It tracks the user activity using screen capture and sends the information to an attacker as an e-mail attachment.

It claims to not need Administrator access and is not currently detected by Anti-virus software.

How to setup Powershell-RAT Gmail Exfiltration RAT

  1. You need a throwaway Gmail email address
  2. Then enable “Allow less secure apps” by going to https://myaccount.google.com/lesssecureapps
  3. Modify the $username & $password variable for your account in the Mail.ps1 Powershell file
  4. Modify $msg.From & $msg.To.Add with the throwaway Gmail address

How I do use Powershell-RAT Gmail Backdoor?

  • Press 1: This option sets the execution policy to unrestricted using Set-ExecutionPolicy Unrestricted. This is useful on administrator machine
  • Press 2: This takes the screenshot of the current screen on the user machine using Shoot.ps1 Powershell script
  • Press 3: This option backdoors the user machine using schtasks and sets the task name to MicrosoftAntiVirusCriticalUpdatesCore
  • Press 4: This option sends an email from the user machine using Powershell. These uses Mail.ps1 file to send screenshot as attachment to exfiltrate data
  • Press 5: This option backdoors the user machine using schtasks and sets the task name to MicrosoftAntiVirusCriticalUpdatesUA
  • Press 6: This option deletes the screenshots from user machine to remain stealthy
  • Press 7: This option backdoors the user machine using schtasks and sets the task name to MicrosoftAntiVirusCriticalUpdatesDF
  • Press 8: This option performs all of the above with a single button press 8 on a keyboard. Attacker will receive an email every 5 minutes with screenshots as an email attachment. Screenshots will be deleted after 12 minutes
  • Press 9: Exit gracefully from the program or press Control+C

Some other related tools are:

PyExfil – Python Data Exfiltration Tools
DET – Data Exfiltration Toolkit
dnsteal – DNS Exfiltration Tool

And using Gmail as a backchannel there is:

Gdog – Python Windows Backdoor With Gmail Command & Control
Gcat – Python Backdoor Using Gmail For Command & Control

You can download Powershell-RAT here:

Powershell-RAT-master.zip

Or read more here.

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2 Responses to Powershell-RAT – Gmail Exfiltration RAT

  1. exif June 25, 2018 at 8:39 am #

    Is this really a RAT or backdoor? I cannot see any remote connectivity.

    • Darknet June 25, 2018 at 8:49 pm #

      Yah I think exfiltration backdoor is a more accurate title, calling it a RAT is pushing it a bit.

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